Storm Force blog tour: Interview with Susannah Sandlin

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I’m thrilled to have Susannah Sandlin back on the blog because she’s the author of the Penton Legacy books, a paranormal romance series featuring a different kind of vampire, and the Sentinel of New Orleans books as her other self, Suzanne Johnson. Susannah’s here today to chat about her latest release, STORM FORCE. Originally released as a Kindle Serial, the full book is now available and, let me tell you, it’s a whole lot of fun. Keep reading to get to know Susannah and her newest book!

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1. Welcome back to Team Tynga’s Reviews, Susannah! It’s great to have you on the blog again. To start, could you please tell us what inspired STORM FORCE?

Omega by Susannah Sandlin (Penton Legacy #3)Thanks for having me back! When I was writing Omega, the third book in my Penton Legacy series, I got interested in the idea of a joint special ops force of Army Rangers and paranormal partners like vampires or shapeshifters—working in the U.S. instead of abroad. I liked the idea of how these highly trained human warriors would handle partnering with a shapeshifter, for example—not only learning they exist, but accepting that there are some things a shapeshifter’s going to be able to do better than a human. So in Storm Force, the human hero, Kell, is slowly (and grudgingly) coming to terms with it.

2. How would you entice readers to try STORM FORCE if they’re new to your work?

Take a sexy Army Ranger with a bad back, a take-no-prisoners eagle-shifter, a heroine who isn’t quite human, a psychic who looks like a Greek playboy, a case of ecoterrorism that doesn’t quite add up, and a hurricane—and shake it all up. I think readers new to my work can always expect suspense laced with humor and a high dose of sexy.

3. One of the neat things about STORM FORCE is that it’s related to your Penton Legacy novels but stands alone quite nicely. Could you talk about this a bit please?

It takes an element of the plot that occurs in the third Penton book, Omega—in that case an Army Ranger-vampire partnership—and expands it to cover different types of “Omega Force” teams. So while the Penton folks are off doing their thing in the Southeast, the team in Storm Force focuses on cases in Texas and Louisiana. There are no characters in common except a retired Army Colonel with mysterious ties to people in high places, who heads up the whole Omega Force program. So someone could easily pick up Storm Force and read it without having read any of the Penton Legacy series.

4. What made you choose to release STORM FORCE as a Kindle serial? Are you pleased with the response it received? Would you do it again?

It was my publisher’s idea—they were experimenting with serial releases and asked if I’d be interested. I thought my action-filled story would lend itself to the serial format, which is released in nine “episodes” over nine weeks. And I write well under deadline since I come from a journalism background. At the end of the nine weeks, it comes out as a full-length novel in print and digital. It was an exhausting schedule, turning around 10,000 words a week for nine weeks, but I really enjoyed the process and would definitely try it again. The response has been good, although a lot of readers (like me, with other serials), just waited until the whole thing downloaded to read it!

5. You’ve included so many different supernatural beings in your various series. Do you have a favourite? Are there any you’re avoiding?

Storm Force by Susannah Sandlin There aren’t any I’m avoiding, but before I write about a paranormal species, I want to make sure I can give it my own spin and not just trot out a vampire because I like vampires, for example. In the Penton series, my vampires are in an almost post-apocalyptic situation when a flu vaccine turns human blood poisonous to them. Each of my shape-shifters in Storm Force has a different twist, although it’s too spoilerific to talk about! In my urban fantasy series written as Suzanne Johnson, I love my historical undead like the pirate Jean Lafitte and my merpeople, who are Cajun aquatic shapeshifters.

6. Why do you think paranormal romance is so appealing to readers?

I think it appeals to readers on several levels. It’s a fascinating way to explore human issues, because our paranormal characters have the same problems, only amped up and complicated by their species. I also think, speaking for myself as a reader, I love getting in the heads and hearts of a dangerous, sexy bad boy. Or in the case of Storm Force, seeing how a sexy, dangerous human hero copes with a not-so-human heroine—not a combination we often see!

7. Can we expect more Omega Force novels in the near future? (Please say yes!) And will any Penton folks put in an appearance?

I’d love to eventually have some crossover betweeen the two series, but right now I’m working on the fourth Penton book. And in the Omega Force world, I’d definitely like to do the book for Robin, our eagle-shifter. She seems to have really resonated with readers because she’s such a strong, bluntly-spoken character. (Kell doesn’t call her “Razorblade Robin” for nothing!)

To wrap things up, I have some quick questions for you because there’s nothing I like more that random questions! What or who is your…

Biggest temptation? Ah….Haha. I’ve been eating low-carb for the past five months, so if anything that involved bread or sugar wafted past, I’d grab it! I’m also a sucker for tech toys. I just lost the iPhone 5 battle even though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with my 4s.

Favourite action star? I’ll say Daniel Craig. Then I’ll add that I rarely have time to go to movies or watch TV, so at least I know who Daniel Craig is. I’m woefully behind the times with celebrities. Occasionally, I’ll see a copy of a celebrity magazine and realize I have no idea who the majority of those people are! Oh wait, who’s that Wolverine guy…Hugh Jackman!

Least favourite word? Mewl. Seriously, unless you’re an honest-to-god kitten, and a young one at that, I want no mewling, especially during a sex scene.

Ideal vacation destination? I’d like to go into seclusion at Cedar Key, Florida, for a few months. Wait, that’s not very exotic….eh, that’s okay. It’s the “seclusion” part I want. Cedar Key is cool; has sort of a Jimmy Buffett vibe without having to go all the way to the Keys.

Most cherished keepsake? I lost most of my childhood stuff in Hurricane Katrina (books, dolls, etc.), which was also an experience that made me treasure “stuff” less. So … this monstrous treadle-powered sewing machine that belonged to my grandmother.

Thanks very much for visiting us, Susannah, and congrats on your latest release!

Thanks for having me today!

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More about STORM FORCE:

StormAs leader of the elite counter-terrorism team Omega Force, former army ranger Jack “Kell” Kellison is always focused on getting the job done. So when a Houston high-rise is bombed and the governor killed or missing, Kell’s mission is clear: infiltrate the group suspected of the bombing and neutralize the threat by any means necessary. But once Kell meets beautiful chief suspect Mori Chastaine, he realizes there’s more to this case than meets the eye. And more to Mori than any man—any human man—could imagine.

Mori Chastaine is running out of options. Suspected for a crime she didn’t commit, forced into a marriage she doesn’t want, she sees no escape—until Kell walks through her door. A lifetime hiding her true nature warns her Kell might not be who he seems. But he could be the only one able to help save more innocent humans from becoming pawns in an ancient paranormal power play. If Mori reveals her secret, will Kell join her fight? Or will she become his next target?

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Susannah Sandlin

Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night. A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch and the horror fantasy of Stephen King. (Um…it is fantasy, right?) The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana.

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Dead Living Blog Tour: Interview with Glenn Bullion + Giveaway

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We have Glenn Bullion as a guest today on the blog to promote his zombie book, DEAD LIVING. Check out my interview with Glenn down below, where we talk about zombies, his book, and then more zombies. Also, there is a tour wide giveaway going on so don’t miss out on your chance to a copy of DEAD LIVING!

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If you had to create a kit to survive in a world like the one you created in Dead Living, what would you include?

In Dead Living, the zombies have already taken over.  So, if you’re not bunkered down somewhere, the kit would need to be as light and simple as possible.  A bladed weapon of some sort, with a pistol as a last resort.  Water is a must, as much as you can reasonably carry.  Lighters and matches are no good, so a magnifying glass would be a good carry, for starting fires when able.  Society is over as we know it, so if you’re on your own, scavenging is the name of the game.

How would you introduce us to your main character, Aaron?

The mysterious introduction would work best with Aaron.  I love the visual of seeing him blend harmlessly with a huge pack of zombies, all of them moving around him while he moves freely.  That would be a scary sight, if you happened to be a bad guy (or anyone, for that matter).

Who was your favorite character to write about in Dead Living?

One of my favorite pairings of all my novels were Aaron and Samantha, and I loved to write about those two characters.  But I’ll take this chance to talk about another character, the glue that holds the survivors of Lexington High School together.  Richardson.

A lot of zombie stories has that bad guy, the typical leader of the biker gang, the guy manipulating the town for his own purposes, whose true goal is to look out for himself.  Richardson isn’t that man.  He is a good man, who only wants to take care of the people fate lumped him together with.  He is older, and remembers quite well what the old world was like, a sort of historian for the younger people.  Everyone looks up to him, and for good reason.

Zombies, or the walking dead, seem to be more and more popular in fiction these days. What differentiates your novel from the others in the genre?

It’s hard to write a different zombie story.  A lot of ideas have been used by other writers J  I’d like to think this one is different because of the characters.  I tried to breathe real life into everyone.  These characters were not just written to be eaten by zombies.  I’m hoping as the reader follows Aaron on his journey, that they truly hope for good things, unlike the teens we watch Jason and Freddy chase  J

The setting I also think is interesting.  This isn’t those first few weeks, but far in the future.  Society has fallen; the walking dead have taken over.  How would things be different?  What kind of camps would people form?  Zombies are naturally frightening to us, but what if you were a child, and grew up with them?  What good things would people do?  What evil things?

Dead Living is a fun story that goes on a little adventure that I think will spark the imagination.

What do you want your readers to learn or assimilate from Dead Living?

A lot of zombie stories focus on how bad humanity would turn out to be if the zombies came.  George Romero certainly tackles this issue often.  Dead Living has its villains as well, but there are plenty of positives.  Even with zombies all around, there’s always hope.  You have to hold on to that.

What do you think is more likely: the walking dead created by a virus or by supernatural forces?

You have to go with the virus.  I think that’s part of what makes zombies so scary and fascinating, is that they’re much more feasible to happen than say a vampire or werewolf.  Something that makes a human turn into a wolf is hard to swallow.  But some kind of virus or government experiment that could make dead bodies move and jump around?  I don’t think that’s entirely out of the picture.

What is your favorite zombie movie?

There are a ton of good ones out there.  Even the zom-coms are solid, Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland.  But I have to go with the original trilogy, Night, Dawn, and Day.  Those movies are hard to beat.  I also liked Land of the Dead, although I think sometimes I may be the only one.

Do you prefer to write on a computer or with pen and paper? Do you have any weird/crazy writing habits?

Computer writing only for me.  I’m not sure I’d be a writer if it weren’t for the computer.  I don’t really have any weird habits, I don’t think.  I like to listen to music, sometimes, but it depends on how focused I am.  Sometimes music is a distraction, and has to go off.

What are you reading right now?

I’m actually not reading anything right now.  I’m working on my latest book (Demon’s Doorway is nearly ready to be released, as of this writing, and typing the words on Witch’s Kurse).  I try not to mix reading and writing too much.  It’s not good to have that distraction, when I’m having some bad writing time, to say “Man, I wish I was reading that book”.  I try to get my reading done in between novels.

What will I read next?  I’ll probably try to find a Richard Laymon novel I haven’t read yet, or read one of his old ones.

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Thank you Glenn for answering my questions. It was great to have you here on the blog!

More about Dead Living:

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It didn’t take long for the world to die. And it didn’t take long, either, for the dead to rise.

Born on the day everything ended, a world filled with the walking dead is the only one that Aaron knows. Kept in seclusion, his family teaches  him the basics. How to read and write. How to survive.

Then Aaron makes a shocking discovery. The undead, who desire nothing but flesh, ignore him. It’s as if he’s invisible to them.

The survivors of the old suburb of Lexington call a high school their home. They live day to day, without any of the luxuries mankind used to enjoy. Samantha is a product of the new world. Alone, cold, looking out only for herself. She and the other residents of Lexington feel their hope dwindling. They need change. They need someone who can face the corpses. They need someone who can live in a city of the dead.

They need Aaron.

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About Glenn Bullion

I live in Maryland with my wonderful wife and four cats. I love gaming, computer technology, movies, and of course, reading and writing. I love science fiction and especially horror and the paranormal. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies, anything supernatural, all beautiful subjects.

I’ve been writing since I was twelve years old. There’s just something about creating a story that I like. I always try come up with something that hasn’t been done, or is unique in some way. It could be someone with demonic powers, or something much more simple, such as a person that zombies ignore. It’s fun to create a character, give him or her a personality and background, and watch them evolve through a story.

I’ve tried other subjects, but always drift back to horror and paranormal. There’s a reason why we keep going back to horror movies and books, why they’ve made fifty Friday the 13th movies. People like to be scared, but more than that, I think paranormal and horror stir the imagination like nothing else. We’re all just a little nervous to open that closet door at midnight, or look under the bed.

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SS: Interview with Nalini Singh + Giveaway

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To close the event, I’m super happy to receive best-selling author extraordinaire, Nalini Singh! It’s always such a pleasure to have her on the blog and we had to invite to celebrate the recent release of Heart of Obsidian. Please welcome her warmly!

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1- Long-time reader and huge fan of the series are on pins and needles for HEART OF OBSIDIAN. How does it feel to have a book this hotly anticipated? What’s your favorite scene from the book?

I’m delighted readers continue to enjoy the series! I truly love the world and its characters, and it’s wonderful to know that readers feel the same.
As for my favorite scene…oooh, that’s hard to choose, but one of my favorites is a flashback scene. I can’t say exactly what it’s about without giving too much away, but it makes me smile every single time I read it. 

2- From the entire series, which character was your favorite to write and why?

I absolutely can’t choose – I love all my characters and find it so hard to compare them to each other. Some have appeared more in the series than others, but they all have a powerful role to play, not only in their own books but in the overall story arc.

3- If you could borrow another author’s character and throw them into the Psy/Changeling world, who would you pick and why?

For me, the mark of a good book is that the characters fit absolutely into that world. As such, to tear them out and put them into another world simply wouldn’t work – and I would never do that to characters about whom I love to read.

4- Will you ever write a book that pairs two Psy together now that Silence is fracturing for more and more people?

A Psy-Psy story or stories, has always been part of my plan for the series.

5-  Once fans have devoured HEART OF OBSIDIAN, will we have more questions or more answers? 

You’ll have a lot of answers, and one big question resulting from the final events that take place in the story.

6- Will Vasic get his own story soon? You’ve said before it wasn’t his time. Is his time soon? He’s so interesting!!

Wait and see 😉 (He’s in HEART OF OBSIDIAN quite a lot.)

7- Does the summer solstice means anything to as race as stoic as the Psy? What about the Changeling?

Not to the Psy, and the changelings are always in sync with nature, so the rhythm of the world is part of their very blood.

8- Do you have a personal tidbit to share in relation with midsummer?

While you’re having midsummer, we’re having midwinter over in the Southern Hemisphere! People have been known to celebrate Midwinter Christmas. 🙂

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Thank you very much Nalini for taking the time to visit and answering our burning questions!

More about Hearts of Obsidian:

Heart of Obsidian  (Psy-Changeling, #12)

Step into New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh’s explosive and shockingly passionate Psy-Changeling world…

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.

 

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Previous books in the series:

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Cha... Visions of Heat (Psy-Change...Caressed By Ice (Psy-Change...Mine to Possess (Psy-Change...Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Ch...Branded by Fire (Psy-Change...

Blaze of Memory (Psy-Change...Bonds of Justice (Psy-Chang...Play of Passion (Psy-Change...Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling, #10)Wild Invitation (Psy-Change...Tangle of Need (Psy-Changel...

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Nalini SinghI was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.”

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SS: Interview with Jamie Quaid + Giveaway!

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Today I am super happy to have author Jamie Quaid by my side. Her Saturn’s Daughter series rocked my world and I’m glad that she accepted to join us to celebrate the release of the second book, Damn Him to Hell! Make sure to stick around for a giveaway at the end!
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1- I really like the first novel in the series, Boyfriend From Hell, and I’m sure everyone would like to know if the second installment, Damn Him to Hell will be just as funny and action-packed?

Thank you, kindly! I’d like to believe it’s funny and action-packed– I certainly notch the action up another level. But humor is in the eye of the beholder, so unless you know you like frog humor, you’ll have to answer that one for me after you read it.

2- How would you describe the main characters to someone who’s unfortunate enough to not have read the first book?

Does bizarre, insane, lusty, and concerned cover it? <G> Tina—she of the weird Saturnian abilities— is obsessed with justice, and not precisely in the legal, rational manner of the lawyer she is. Then we have the invisible gay teenager, the snake-producing investigator, the handsome US Senator returned from hell, and Andre—the gorgeous but seriously freaky and paranoid Special Ops hunk. Just your usual chemically-polluted neighborhood.

3- You remained pretty hazy on the Gods mythology in BFH, will we finally learn more about it and Clancy’s abilities?

Tina won’t come into her full abilities until her 28th year, so she’s still learning what she’s capable of and really starting to worry herself. She develops a few more serious quirks this time around (frogs are involved!), and reaches out to another Saturn’s daughter. The problem is that Saturn’s daughters are so busy staying alive that they really don’t have time to write down what they learn.  It takes time to research a mythology no one is telling them about—and granny still isn’t too helpful. But it’s looking like whole new dimensions are involved…literally.

Let me ask this of your readers…what would you like to see happen? Do you really want a god to step down out of heavens with a rule book? Or do you want the Daughters to be their own force?

4- Andre turned out to be one of my favorite characters, will we get to know him more in book 2?

Oh YEAH! Andre gets in way over his pretty head this time around, and we learn a little more about those dimensions I mentioned…  He’s just a bit more than an all-around, average guy.

5- The folks in The Zone are pretty weird, do you think they’d be the kind to celebrate the summer solstice?

They’re mostly a pretty cynical lot, and the solstice is about celebrating life, not hell—which kind of haunts our polluted neighborhood—but if you can show them a good reason to celebrate, they’re all over it. Can the gargoyles come, too?

6- Have you ever attended this kind of celebration yourself?

Let’s just say I’ve created my own bonfires a few times and not go into details, okay?

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Thank you so much Jamie for stopping by ❤ It’s always such a pleasure to have you on board!

More about Damn Him to Hell:

Damn Him to Hell

Justice is blind. Justine isn’t. Book two in the Saturn’s Daughter series, in which Tina Clancy is gifted with the power to dispense justice…for good or evil.

Tina Clancy is adapting to her new life as one of Saturn’s Daughters while living in the toxic part of Baltimore known as The Zone, and occasionally acting as a champion of the downtrodden, the weird, the innocent…and the sometimes not-so-innocent.

Just when she finally lands a real law job, the Zone is blasted by poisonous gas and her sometimes-boyfriend starts receiving visitors from Hell. He’s none too pleased about that, or in Tina having sent his granny to Hell in his place. For that matter, neither is granny…

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Previous books in the series:

Boyfriend from Hell (Saturn's Daughter, #1)

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Patricia Rice“As a fan of urban fantasy and kick-ass heroines, I’ve often wondered why we’re drawn to fangs and fur when there are so many grim realities our heroines can conquer.  While pondering the possibilities of fighting evil in a real world, I created Justine Clancy, a woman who has fought the bullies of the world all her life, without realizing she was pre-destined to be an arbiter of justice—until she accidentally sends her lying boyfriend to hell. And the devil handsomely rewards her.

But along with power must come knowledge—and for Tina, that includes learning not only the difference between good and evil, but all the shades of gray in between. Because sending the wrong people to the Underworld could have grave consequences, literally. But not doing her job can hurt the people who have taken her in and accepted her. For the first time in her life, she has a home, but it’s going to require a whole lot of housecleaning to drive out the demons hiding there.”(source)

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SS: Interview with Jennifer Estep + giveaway!

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I’m always excited when Jennifer Estep stops by because she’s one of my favourite authors. She’s the brilliant mind behind two great series: her young adult mythology-based Mythos Academy books from KTeen and her amazing Elemental Assassin series from Pocket. She has releases from both series in the pipeline for this summer and she’s graciously agreed to an interview to chat about her summer plans. Please join me in welcoming the wonderful Ms. Estep to Supernatural Solstice!

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1. Welcome back to the blog, Jennifer! Thanks for taking the time to participate in Supernatural Solstice. You have a ton of stuff coming out this summer: SPARTAN FROST(out today), MIDNIGHT FROST (July 30), an Elemental Assassin story in CARNIEPUNK (July 23), KISS OF VENOM, another Elemental Assassin short from Owen’s POV (July 25), and HEART OF VENOM (August 27). It leads to an obvious question: how do you write so much and so well? =)

Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #9)Thanks for hosting me on the blog again. I appreciate it.

I’ve been busy. LOL. But writing is my full-time job, and I’m always working on some project or another. I work at least 40 hours a week, and usually, it’s more. But I love what I do, and I write fairly quickly, so that helps with all of the long hours on the computer.

But everything just sort of came together for this summer, which is why I have so many new releases coming out over the next few months. I hope that everyone enjoys all of the books and e-stories.

2. Do you approach writing young adult novels differently than your adult series?

Not really. I’m a panster, so I write all of my books pretty much the same way. I think about the characters, the magic, and the major turning points of the story, then sit down and start writing.

But I would say that my Mythos Academy books are a little different from my other books in that I’m trying to tell more of a coming-of-age story in those books, especially since my heroine, Gwen, is still learning about herself, her magic, and trying to figure out what she wants her place in the world to be. So far, it’s been a fun challenge writing a YA series and really trying to capture that YA voice and all of the emotions, problems, and triumphs that go along with being a young adult.

3. I’m really excited to read SPARTAN FROST because it’s the first time we get a story from Logan’s point of view. Did this switch present any challenges? Any extra freedom?

Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #4.5)Thanks. I appreciate that.

For my Elemental Assassin series, I’ve written several free short stories from the points of view of different characters. Those stories are on the Excerpts page of my website. So I thought that it would be fun to do the same thing with my Mythos Academy series. Plus, readers really seem to like the shorter e-stories that many authors are now writing in between their books.

After what happens in CRIMSON FROST, the fourth book, it only seemed natural to write a story from Logan’s point of view and fill in some of the things that happen to him after CRIMSON FROST. Plus, I’ve gotten a lot of reader requests for a Logan story, so this is was a way that I thought I could give folks a little something extra to enjoy in the series.

I write in first-person, and I think it’s always interesting to show a different character’s point of view on something or how he might react in a situation when the heroine isn’t around. In Logan’s case, I got to explore how he feels about Gwen, his dad, and being a Spartan, among other things.

4. With each instalment of the Mythos Academy series, Gwen faces bigger challenges and MIDNIGHT FROST seems to contain the most daunting task yet. How do you come up with these ideas and where will the series go from here?

Any time you write a series, especially if you are following the same heroine through multiple books, then you always want to make the stakes higher and higher in each subsequent book. I really enjoy coming up with new bad guys and new challenges for Gwen to face and then figuring out how she can use her magic and smarts to get out of all of these dire situations.

KILLER FROST, the sixth book in the series, is tentatively set to be released in March 2014.

5. What can you share about your story in CARNIEPUNK?

Parlor Tricks by Jennifer Estep (Carniepunk) My story is called PARLOR TRICKS, and it’s part of my Elemental Assassin series. In the story, Gin and Bria go to a country carnival in search of a missing girl and end up in more trouble than they anticipated. It’s more of a stand-alone adventure, so I hope that it will appeal to both fans of the series and folks who haven’t tried my books yet.

Also, to help promote the CARNIEPUNK anthology, PARLOR TRICKS is available as a free e-download from all of the usual e-booksellers. I hope that everyone enjoys the story and the anthology. It’s been a cool project to be a part of.

6. HEART OF VENOM, your ninth Elemental Assassin novel, comes out at the end of the summer and gives us a look into Sophia’s past. Can you share any exclusive tidbits about what we’ll see in this novel?

Like you said, HEART OF VENOM delves into Sophia’s past and backstory, as well as Jo-Jo’s. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the Deveraux sisters, so this book will fill in some of their history together and with Fletcher, Gin’s mentor. It will also answer some questions about Gin and Owen’s relationship and where the two of them go after the events of the last few books in the series.

7. Which character has surprised you the most in these two series?

Hmm. That’s a tough one. They all surprise me to some extent. But right now, I will say Phillip Kincaid in my Elemental Assassin series. When I first wrote him back in the third book, VENOM, he was just a minor character, a bad guy who owned a riverboat casino. But then, when I had the idea for WIDOW’S WEB, book seven, I realized that he would make a great character to help me tell more of Owen’s backstory. So Phillip just sort of took on a life of his own, but readers really seem to like his character so far.

And now a couple event-related questions:

8. What’s your favourite part of summer?

One of my favorite parts of summer is cooking out with my friends.

9. Which of your characters would be most likely to celebrate the summer solstice and why?

Definitely Finnegan Lane from my Elemental Assassin series. Finn loves any excuse to have a good time, so I could see him throwing a summer solstice party for Gin and the gang.

Happy reading, everyone!

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Thank you so much, Jennifer! It’s always such a pleasure to have you on board!

More about SPARTAN FROST:

Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #4.5)I’m Logan Quinn, the deadliest Spartan warrior at Mythos Academy. At least I was–until the day I almost killed Gwen Frost.

Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I’m fine, that Loki and the Reapers don’t have a hold on me anymore, but I can’t risk it. I can’t risk hurting Gwen again. So I’m leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.

I know Gwen wonders what’s happening to me, whether I’m safe. I can’t tell her, but this is my story…

Jenn’s thoughts

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And here’s MIDNIGHT FROST, out July 30:

Here we go again…

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities—until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast—otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins—and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there…

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Jennifer Estep First Frost Jennifer Estep Touch of Frost Jennifer Estep Kiss of Frost Jennifer Estep Dark Frost Jennifer Estep Kiss of Frost

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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. She is the author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. She is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more information, visit http://www.jenniferestep.com or follow Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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SS: Interview with Yolanda Sfetsos + giveaway!

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I’m absolutely thrilled about today’s guest, Yolanda Sfetsos, because I’m a huge fan of her Sierra Fox novels. It’s a great series revolving around a spook catcher in Sydney from Samhain. Yolanda is a relatively new discovery for me but ON PINS AND NEEDLES, the third book in Yolanda’s series, has just been released and Yolanda is graciously offering an e-giveaway of this book to all of our lucky readers so so now is the perfect time to dive into the series!

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1. Welcome to Team Tynga’s Reviews, Yolanda! To start, can you please tell us a bit about yourself and the world you’ve created in your Sierra Fox series?

On Pins and Needles by Yolanda Sfetsos (Sierra Fox #3)Thank you! I’m super excited to be here.

I live in Australia and spend most of my days making up stories. I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. It’s a compulsion, something I have to do. It’s also something I love doing.

Sierra’s world is one of the many I enjoy spending time in. It’s an urban fantasy series about a spook catcher who lives in a fictional suburb of Sydney, and is slowly finding out that there are many family secrets she didn’t know about. And because of these secrets, her power seems to attract a lot of trouble, just like her love life.

2. One of the neat things about this world is that spook catching is something only women can do. What prompted this decision? Are there any other gender specific abilities?

I have to admit, it wasn’t a conscious decision but I always knew spook catchers would only be female. It just fits, makes as much sense as it skipping a generation. As for other gender specific abilities…there are others, but I can’t tell. 😉

3. I love pretty much every character in this series but my two favourites are Papan and Ebony. Can you give us any hints about their arcs in ON PINS AND NEEDLES?

I’m so glad to hear that you especially like Ebony and Papan! I love them too.

After what happened at the Spook Catcher Council (won’t say what because of spoilers) Ebony’s life has taken a downward spiral. She wants to keep her distance from Sierra and the spook catching, and only wants to spend time with Conrad. She’s so desperate to forget what happened, that she gets into a whole lot of trouble!

As for Papan, his relationship with Sierra is really starting to turn into something serious…and in future books some of his past is also revealed.

4. Jonathan is probably one of my least favourite characters but I’m really interested in learning more about why he’s changed. Any scoop on this front?

Ah, poor Jonathan…no, hold on. LOL. Yeah, Jonathan’s a bit of a strange one because he started out so nice. I guess it’s the quiet ones you have to watch, right? But seriously, this is the book where you find out what’s really going on with him and how he fits into this whole mess.

5. If I’m not mistaken, ON PINS AND NEEDLES is the halfway point in the Sierra Fox series. (Please correct me if I’m wrong!) Is the overall story where you thought it would be? Have there been any surprises?

Split at the Seams by yolanda Sfetsos (Sierra Fox #2) Yes, I have five books planned for Sierra.

The overall story has been the same since the day I figured out Sierra’s adventure wasn’t going to be a standalone, but there are new things popping up all over the place. Some surprises don’t turn up until I’m actually writing. Like Constable Gareth Crewe. He wasn’t in the original series plan, but when he made his first appearance in Split at the Seams, I knew he had a bigger role to play. Also, Roe turned out to be more than originally planned.

I have to admit that I love surprises when I’m writing!

6. What’s the best part of writing the Sierra Fox books so far?

OMG, I just love spending time in her world and letting her stories unfold. These character and world feel like old friends every time I sit down to write a book. I’m going to miss them SO much when it’s finished.

Asides from the storytelling and discovering all of Sierra’s secrets, the best part about writing this series is that the books are available from Samhain Publishing. Knowing readers are actually reading Sierra’s story is an awesome feeling!

Oh, and one other thing: Papan. 😉

And now for a couple event-related questions:

7. Do you have any special summer or solstice rituals?

o, not really. But I absolutely adore summer. The summer solstice in Australia is actually in December, so we’re the wrong way around. It’s also pretty close to Christmas, so it’s a time for finishing projects, clearing out the clutter, and letting the year wind down to an end.

8.Which of your characters would be most likely to celebrate the solstice and what would s/he do?

I think Ebony and Lavie would be most likely to celebrate the solstice. If Ebony was feeling more like herself she would probably attend the Church of the Goddess that night. While Lavie would find some outrageous way to celebrate—she’s very creative!

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Thank you so much, Yolanda! It’s been a real treat!

More about ON PINS AND NEEDLES:

On Pins and Needles by Yolanda Sfetsos (Sierra Fox #3)All it takes is one freak to turn everything into a demonic ritual.

Sierra Fox, Book 3

Sierra Fox’s relationship with sexy werewolf Jason Papan is going great, but it doesn’t take a psychic to tell her someone’s out to get her. As usual, though, there’s too much else going on to worry about just another assassination attempt.

In addition to the demon-possessed freaks that still want her, a whole new bucket of trouble has been dumped in her path. The half-sister Sierra never knew she had isn’t a typical teenager. Willow comes with supernatural baggage that grows heavier every time someone close to her dies. And the load gets bigger every time the police find the body of another young girl.

Now Sierra’s not only dealing with the target on her own back, but the one that a power-hungry woman has painted on her poltergeist-magnet sister. As she finds herself drawn into the thick of a murder investigation, Sierra must face her deepest fears and embrace the darkest of her powers to overcome the looming threat. Or the prediction of her death might just come true.

Warning: Spook catching: never gets any easier, neither does trying to avoid being killed by a shadowy organization. Always expect the unexpected—dangerous vampires, poltergeists and demon-obsessed freaks. At least the werewolf is pleasurably safe.

Jenn’s thoughts

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A Patch of Darkness by Yolanda Sfetsos (Sierra Fox #1) Split at the Seams by yolanda Sfetsos (Sierra Fox #2)

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Wife. Mother. Writer. Bibliophile. Dreamer. Animal lover. Intrigued by the supernatural. Horror freak. Zombie enthusiast. Movie & music fan. Slave to her muse.

Yolanda lives in Sydney, Australia with her awesome husband, lovely daughter, and cheeky cat.

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SS: Interview with Stacey Jay + Giveaway!

 
I am so happy to share an amazing interview with the even more amazing Stacey Jay in regards to her upcoming fantasy re-telling, OF BEAST AND BEAUTY!
 
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1. What inspired you to take on a "Beauty and the Beast" re-telling and how do you think your story compares to such a famous tale?

"Beauty and the Beast" was always my favorite fairy tale. I loved that Beauty saw past the undesirable exterior of the Beast to the good heart within, and adored the literal take on the transformative power of love. What I didn’t like, however, was that Beauty was the only one who was required to look beneath the surface. I also didn’t care for how easily Beauty (in most versions of the fairy tale) accepted her fate. I thought a girl taken captive and isolated from everything she’d ever known should have a considerable amount of rage to work through before she could begin loving the creature who imprisoned her.

In OF BEAST AND BEAUTY I’ve flipped the script–having the princess, Isra, take the Beast captive instead of vice versa–and both my hero and heroine are required to look past the undesirable exterior of "the other" in order to love the person inside. Gem, my hero, has to deal with his anger at being held captive before he can begin to care for Isra, and both Isra and Gem are forced to reexamine the meaning of beauty and its place in their world.

2. How were you able to come up with the unique setting of Yuan, a domed city that makes human sacrifices for the sake of all? It’s almost like the Aztecs!

I did a lot of thinking about first world attitudes about beauty before creating the city of Yuan. It has always troubled me the way beautiful young girls are raised up to be goddesses in our culture, only to be just as eagerly torn down and vilified when they begin to age, gain weight, act out in a way unbefitting an object of adoration, or otherwise move beyond our society’s narrow definition of what makes an ideal, young beauty. We may not actually sacrifice these girls, but many are irrevocably damaged by their time as "princesses" of modern pop culture. It’s unhealthy not only for these girls, but for our culture as a whole. I tried to reflect that in the city of Yuan. (Yuan has some dirty secrets I can’t reveal without being spoiler-y.)

3. How will OF BEAST AND BEAUTY compare to your greatly loved JULIET IMMORTAL series?

OF BEAST AND BEAUTY is a love story, and one of my favorites that I’ve written, but it’s also about more than the love between a boy and a girl. It’s about loving the world and the people in it, and the decisions you make to show that love. For that reason, it was a book that, while I was writing, resonated on many levels for me. I hope it does the same for my readers!

4. I am a huge re-telling nut, which is one of the many reasons that I’m excited to read OF BEAST AND BEAUTY alongside many. If you had to write a re-telling for any other tale dear to your heart, what would it be and why?

If so many people hadn’t already done so, it would be fun to play with the Snow White myth. There are so many wrongs to right in that story, and I’d love to think of some crazy/fun way to reimagine the dwarves.

5. Did any obstacles present themselves while having so many narrators? I understand this story is told from Isra’s, Gem’s, and Bo’s perspectives.

The characters in this story were very real to me and had their own "voices" that spoke out when I sat down to write so having several narrators wasn’t difficult. It was actually nice. It allowed me to build suspense in ways you can’t always manage when experiencing a story through only one character’s point of view.

6. If your characters were to celebrate the summer solstice, how would they celebrate?

They would dance around a bonfire all night and greet the morning with an enormous picnic. And there would be cookies. Lots of cookies.

7. Have you ever celebrated the summer solstice?

I haven’t! I have celebrated winter solstice, but never its counterpart. I’m hoping to make it to a celebration this year.

 
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Thank you so much for stopping by, Stacey! ❤ I’d certainly read a Snow White re-telling authored by you!
 
More about OF BEAST AND BEAUTY:
 
In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

 
 
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Stacey has been kind enough to offer up an OF BEAST AND BEAUTY prize pack containing a pin, a limited edition necklace, and a few other surprise goodies. The giveaway is US only.

Ends July 5th, 2013


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Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can’t think of anything she’d rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor, and yoga instructor.

In her very limited spare time, Stacey enjoys cooking elaborate dinners and eating them very slowly, dressing up in costumes with her sons, and drinking wine with her husband. She loves to hear from readers and personally answers every single email she receives.
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SS: Interview with Traci Douglass

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Today’s post comes from Traci Douglass, author the Seven Seals series from Crimson Romance. She’s here today as part of a blog tour to promote her series. Please join me in welcoming her to the blog!

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Welcome to Team Tynga’s Reviews! To start, what made you want to be an author?

Seal of Surrender by Traci Douglass (Seven Seals #2)I’m an only child, so storytelling was always a part of my life. When there was no one around to play with, I’d make up my own tales to amuse myself.

It never occurred to me to write the stories down until November of 2011, when I had a dream which became the first Seal book. The idea wouldn’t leave me until I
got it down on paper.

Could you please tell us a bit about your Seven Seals series?

The Seven Seals Series deals with the Seven Seals of the Apocalypse, which have been bound to the DNA of seven human women, and the team of elite immortal warriors who
are sworn to protect them at any cost.

Do you have an overall story arc in mind? Or are you more of a pantser?

I started out as a pantser, then once I signed my first publishing contract, I realized that winging it wasn’t going to work when I had to put four books out a year, plus other non-Seal related projects.

So now I follow Cathy Yardley’s awesome Rock Your Plot formula to get my basic outline on paper as a general guide before I start to write.

Which characters are the most fun to write?

I love all my characters, but the villains are the most fun for me. They get to say and do most of those things the rest of us only wish we could.

What are the advantages or disadvantages of writing a continuing series?

Seal of Destiny by Traci Douglass (Seven Seals #1)The advantages are getting the chance to go deeper with your characters and building a relationship with your audience through them. The disadvantage is having to keep all the notes so everybody stays consistent, little things like birthdays, hair and eye color, etc.

Do you have any summer traditions?

Just hanging out, enjoying the sunsets and having some wine in the evenings. If a beach is nearby, that’s great too.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today! It’s been great fun! And look for Book Three in the Seal Series coming out this fall! 🙂

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Thank you so much for stopping by on your blog tour, Traci! For more Traci, click on the banner to check out the other stops on her tour.

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More about SEAL OF SURRENDER:

Seal of Surrender by Traci Douglass (Seven Seals #2)Love, like War, will always find a way…

War has shaped every aspect of Irena Soldan’s life—her childhood, her work, her DNA. Unaware she is the genetic host of the second Seal of the Apocalypse, Irena battles for those who cannot fight for themselves. As a top human-rights operative for The Omega Consortium, her company provides both the financial backing required to undertake her task and a charismatic, publicity-loving boss to promote her cause. Life proceeds on plan for Irena until a mysterious, sexy stranger arrives claiming to be her guardian and Irena’s path takes a sudden, inauspicious turn for both the erotic and the lethal.

Chago has always been the quiet one amongst his warrior Scion brethren—the brooding, Spanish combat expert with a hidden soft side. A member of Divinity’s covert special forces, he’s protected humanity for more than a millennium. Still, his greatest joy comes not from the battlefield, but from tending the cattle herd on his remote Montana ranch.

Irena’s new assignment takes her straight to the heart of a bloody civil conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa and Chago’s mission demands he follow. Expecting a seething cauldron of female whoop-ass, he instead discovers a harbinger of peace amidst a world of ever-increasing violence. The explosively tense situation is further magnified by the cunning Omega Consortium leader, his ambiguous personal agenda, and an ancient foe whose audacious rise to power threatens the world’s very existence.

Despite the cataclysmic circumstances, an undeniable attraction ignites between Chago and Irena. Together, they must unravel the ancient puzzle of the Seals and discover her employer’s ulterior plans before they both become casualties of War. Soon, both are forced to choose between a past riddled with old torments or risk everything they treasure on a love capable of defeating evil incarnate.

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Traci is the author of paranormal/urban fantasy and contemporary romances featuring a sly, urban edge, including her current Seven Seals series. Her stories feature sizzling alpha-male heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes; smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get; and scrumptiously evil villains who are—more often than not—bent on world destruction. She enjoys weaving ancient curses and mythology, modern science and old religion, and great dialogue together to build red-hot, sizzling chemistry between her main characters.

Traci is an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA) and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Writers (FF&P) and is pursing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction through Seton Hill University. Her stories have made the final rounds in several RWA chapter contests, including the 2012 Duel on the Delta, the 2012 Molly Awards, and the 2012 Catherine Awards. An earlier draft of Seal of Destiny won the paranormal category of the 2012 Marlene Awards sponsored by the Washington Romance Writers.

Other current projects include upcoming books in the Seven Seals series and a new futuristic suspense series with hints of the paranormal and plenty of romance.

She loves hearing from readers! Connect with Traci here:

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SS: Interview with Jennifer L. Armentrout

 
I am so happy to say that one of my favorite authors, Jennifer L. Armentrout, was able to stop by for a quick interview for our event! Check out her responses to ORIGIN related questions below. I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited for book four in her lux series!
 
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1. What inspired you to come up with the Lux series?
 
Actually, after turning in another project, my editor asked if I wanted to write a story about aliens in high school.  Initially, I laughed at the suggestion and said no.  I wasn’t really sure how to make aliens sexy or interesting, but I started thinking about the possibility of writing about aliens anyway.  I came up with Katy and Daemon and then the storyline that evening. I sat down and started writing Obsidian that same night.
2. If the Lux series ever became a movie, who would you want to cast as your main characters?  
 
I’m terrible at answering this question.  I really have no idea, but my readers usually come up with some good suggestions.  I would love to see who would ultimately be cast as Daemon and Katy if the series were made into movie, though.
3. Can you share a few fun facts about ORIGIN?  
 
There isn’t much that I can say about Origin right now.  The book is in dual POV, alternating between Daemon and Katy.  So, readers will get a lot more of Daemon in this book.  There are definitely a couple of surprises in Origin, too.
4. Which character have you enjoyed the most while writing the Lux series? 
That’s a tough question.  Daemon is fun to write just because he’s sarcastic and arrogant.  When one of my characters has those qualities, I always enjoy writing the dialogue and banter.
5. How has the major success of the Lux series impacted your life?
 
When the Covenant series and the Lux series were published, it definitely changed things for me.  I’ve always wanted to be a writer, so it’s amazing to be able to write full time.  I didn’t really expect to be writing every day and traveling to events and signings.
6. How would your characters celebrate the summer solstice? Have you ever celebrated the summer solstice?
I’ve never celebrated the summer solstice, but I think Dee would probably plan a big bonfire down by the lake for Katy, Daemon, and all of their friends.
 
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Thank you again for stopping by, Jennifer. I can totally imagine Dee going all out just for the sake of going all out.
 
Check out more about ORIGIN below:
 
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

 
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. (Source)

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SS: Interview with Jess Haines + Giveaway

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Today I have the honour to have my friend Jess Haines here on the blog! She is the author of the amazing urban fantasy series, H&W Investigations and she accepted our invite to celebrate the upcoming release of Forsaken by the Others, 5th book in the series. Please welcome her warmly, and stick ‘til the end for a giveaway!
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1- Forsaken by the Others is the 5th book in the H&W Investigations series, is it the final one? If not, how many more books have you planned?

I’m contracted for a 6th book in the series. I’ve got plans brewing for more, but I can’t promise anything yet since they aren’t under contract. Shiarra’s adventures will continue, one way or another.

2- I’ve always had this strong feeling that your series is not getting all the praise it should, it’s such an amazing UF with great characters, what would you say to those out there who haven’t read it yet?

Oh, thank you! I’m blushing over here. *g*

I know some people have been put off by the covers from earlier books. SomeHunted By The Others (H&W Investigations, #1) thought it was just another paranormal romance. Others that vampires are so overdone, yawn.

Honestly? I understand where they’re coming from. What I would like to say is that I have worked hard to write an urban fantasy series that was not all about pantsfeelings or a heroine who starts out as a kickass supernatural with awesome powers. Shiarra Waynest is a human woman in a paranormal world, with all of the problems that entails–both mundane and supernatural. She’s got a failing business, bills to pay, and prejudices and phobias involving Others that she has to face. If you’re expecting Anita Blake or Sookie Stackhouse, you’re not going to find it in my books. Nothing against paranormal romance (I write those, too) but that wasn’t the audience I was looking to cater to with the H&W Investigations books. My vampires don’t sparkle and my werewolves aren’t teddy bears in disguise.

In short, if you’re a fan of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or Kim Harrison’s Hollows/Rachel Morgan series, I hope you might like my work, too.

3- Shia is stuck between the werewolf and the vampire world, will she finally pick a side (or be forced onto one?)

Ahh, that’s for the author to know and readers to find out. *g* Book 6 will see a lot of unanswered questions and some strings you may have forgotten about from earlier books tied up.

4- You ended Stalking the Others with quite a bomb, what was the feedback from your readers and what can they expect in book 5?

I got a great deal of fans fanning themselves and wanting to know whenStalking the Others (H&W Investigations, #4) the next book was coming out. *g*

Forsaken by the Others is coming soon, my pretties, and the game is changing for Shiarra. With all the heat coming down on her for her vigilante actions in book 4, Stalking the Others, she’s no longer safe in New York. For her own safety, Royce is sending her to Los Angeles, where she’ll meet some karaoke-loving fringe-hobo vampires, giant werewolves who may or may not want to eat her face, and a necromancer with a whole mess of zombies and a grudge. Friends and enemies both old and new are going to surface, and it’s going to be up to Shiarra to find out how to deal with the zombies and their master.

Here, have a taste…

I cleared my throat. “I guess we’ll—ah—we’ll just be going—”

“No.”

Ha, that was funny. For a second there, I thought he said no.

“Come inside. I want to talk to you.”

Oh. I hadn’t imagined it.

The Viking stood up, towering in the doorway, his towel slipping lower on his hips. Feeling a tad ill, I lifted my hands, not quite sure if it was meant to be a negative gesture or a please-don’t-hurt-me supplication. Sara and I stumbled back, fetching up against a big oak tree shading the yard and some of the street. He moved towards us, and the bark cracked under my fingertips as I clutched at the tree.

He stopped when he was close enough to touch, both of us staring up at him like we were staring down Death come to claim us.

Then he engulfed us in a hug. I’m pretty sure I left a chunk of skin behind on that tree when he pulled us away. I didn’t start screaming and flailing because, much like Analie, he didn’t seem to have any concept of his own strength when he crushed us against him.

The only reason I knew I wasn’t about to die was because the six-foot-plus terrifying werewolf warrior wearing nothing but a towel was crying all over us.

God damn, my life was getting weirder by the day.

(To answer a question I’ve been getting a lot, yes, this book can be read on its own. I strongly suggest reading Stalking the Others first at a bare minimum, but there is currently a deal for Nook and Kindle readers to get all four of the earlier books in a bundle deal.)

5- Do you have plans for a new series when Shia’s adventures are over?

I’ve got a couple of projects brewing in the background, but nothing else sold. I don’t want to talk up a series that might never see the light of day, but I do have some ideas for a few high fantasy and paranormal romance novels that I’ll be taking some time to work on as soon as I’m done with H&W book 6.

6- The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, thus the shortest night, are your characters celebrating it?

Shiarra is most likely counting her lucky stars since it means the fanged, bite-y things of the night are spending more time keeping very much to themselves. She’d probably celebrate with a stiff drink.

Sara (Shia’s business partner) and her boyfriend Arnold (a mage) are going to enjoy every minute of daylight together and most likely spend much of it at the beach or enjoying a party and barbecue.

Chaz the werewolf would be too busy looking for ways to get back into Shia’s good graces (ha!) to celebrate much.

Royce the vampire would be annoyed at the lack of time available to get any work done and how much business he’d likely be losing since his restaurants and nightclubs would have to open later/wouldn’t draw as many patrons without the actual vampires present to draw a crowd.

The White Hats (hunters of supernaturals) would be throwing a party to celebrate the shortest night of the year.

7- Have you ever celebrated midsummer? If not, do you wish to some day?

I haven’t done anything official, though I have gone to beach and pool parties to celebrate. Most of the crowd I hang with are pretty chill about that sort of thing now, so we don’t usually do much to pay any mind. It would be nice if that changed, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon with the way my friends’ schedules look these days. For myself, I’ll enjoy the extra sun, maybe go out for a walk, and toast the sunset with an eye for the changes to come…

Thanks again so much for having me! I hope you enjoy Forsaken by the Others!

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Thank you so much Jess for stopping by ❤ It’s always such a pleasure to have you on board!

More about Forsaken by the Others:

Forsaken by the Others (H&W Investigations, #5)

The Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with he mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…

Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.

On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…

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Previous books in the series:

Hunted by the Others (H&W I...Taken by the Others (H&W In...Deceived by the Others (H&W...Stalking the Others (H&W In...Nocturnal 

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The author has over 6 years freelance experience in technical writing, editing and screenplays.  More recently, this repertoire has expanded to include short stories and a series of urban fantasy novels in progress.

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